Shopping for a tripod is overwhelming to say the least. There are hundreds of options, which is great if you’re a professional photographer or videographer that knows exactly what they want, but what about the all around outdoorsmen? The ones that enjoy filming and creating content, but also need something that holds up in any terrain to glass up that dream buck? I have quite the tripod collection, but I want to simplify things by sharing my top 4 in hopes that it aligns with your needs as well; I’m going to focus on how it fits into my personal life, rather than rambling off all the features. I use the following tripods ALL THE TIME, and you’ll see those specific uses under each product.
It was really cool having a dad that took me rifle hunting and bass fishing as a kid, then meeting someone as an adult that could expand my knowledge to different methods and/or species. My husband introduced me to so much just shortly after we met, with the main focus being archery. However, crappie fishing is probably one of my favorite things he brought into my life, and while we’ve been chasing them on the lakes around us for over 6 years now, I continue to pick up on new things each time I go. That inspired me to write up some fun facts for those of you that may have never been crappie fishing before!
I have chased birds from Alabama to Texas and barely heard a gobble the whole time. In fact, I saw one hen, heard a handful of gobbles, and struggled to find fresh tracks and/or poop. I thought for sure I’d be eating tag soup for my 2019 turkey season, until my sweet friend invited me down to Mellon Creek Outfitters in Refugio, Texas to chase gobblers one last time. I didn’t hesitate for a second to jump on the road, making the 3.5 hour drive to some of the best hunting country I’ve ever seen - 110,000 acres of free range bliss.
Have you ever reached a point where you thought, “there’s more to life than this.” I’m personally referring to social media. I was spending way too much time on it. Partly because I wasn’t putting time into the things that mattered most, and partly because I felt if I wasn’t constantly on it, I wasn’t doing my job well enough. After all, I’m digitally based so it’s critical that I create content regularly. At what point is it enough though? That’s what I had to ask myself. It got to where I was losing the joy of being in the moment, which snowballed into, “I had more fun hunting before social media was a thing” and I had to figure out a way to get back to that.
Originally I was planning to make this blog ALL of my favorite clothing items for hunting year round, then realized how overwhelming that’d be. It’d make a lot more sense to break it up by season, so with turkey season almost in full swing, I’ll focus on a few of my must haves for chasing those beautiful birds! I really tried to keep cost in mind because it’s easy to want EVERYTHING (trust me, I know), rather than think about needs. While the product links often offer the items in multiple camo patterns, I’d suggest getting everything in RidgeReaper Forest. It’s their greener pattern and works incredible for spring and early season fall hunts.
I’ve noticed a lot of hype around simplified living lately: travel trailers, tiny homes, van living, etc. With that being said, I’ve had a handful of people ask me if I still like living in a trailer, to which I would immediately correct them and say, “I don’t like it. I LOVE IT!!” Below are a few thoughts that immediately come to mind when someone asks what makes me love it so much:
I still remember it like it was yesterday. Walking across that stage was an incredibly gratifying moment; partly because I successfully made it across without falling on my face while wearing 6” turquoise heels (literally the tallest I’ve ever tried on), but mainly because I had switched majors multiple times and still finished in 4.5 years. Many summer classes, all nighters, and full breakdowns later (picture lots of ugly crying), I was handed a diploma with a B.S. in Visualization from Texas A&M. That was a little over 6 years ago now.